Tribunal for Lebanon: to be passed by force?

21 May 2007 by -

After more than a year of procrastination and political blockage by pro-Syrian Lebanese political groups, three permanent members of the UN Security Council are preparing a resolution to impose an international tribunal to prosecute the February 14, 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri and possibly 14 other assassinations at that time, according to the French newspaper Le Monde.

After more than a year of procrastination and political blockage by pro-Syrian Lebanese political groups, three permanent members of the UN Security Council are preparing a resolution to impose an international tribunal to prosecute the February 14, 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri and possibly 14 other assassinations at that time, according to the French newspaper Le Monde. The intervention of France, the United States, and the United Kingdom follows the request made on May 14 by Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora for a "binding decision," quotes Le Monde. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that "the time has come to take necessary action." A new report from the international team investigating the assassination is expected in June. According to AFP, Hezbollah, which is close to Syria, has already warned that this initiative would sow "division and discord" in Lebanon. Meanwhile the Syrian president, whose closest officials are allegedly implicated in Hariri's assassination, again refused "any collaboration" with this potential tribunal.

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